Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bugs Locations Guide – How To Catch


Since Animal Crossing is a Anthropomorphic social game, there are different form of animals you can interact with and collect. Bugs (insects) is one of the different groups. Bug collection is almost the same as the previous installments but there has been some new additions.

In order to collect bugs, you are going to need a Bug Net. Once you have it, approach a bug (where it’s found) and charge your net and ultimately throw it towards the bug. One thing you should keep in mind that is if you are not cautious enough in approach, some of the bugs may fly away.

After you have caught a bug, they will be automatically listed in your encyclopedia. What good these bugs would do? Well, either you can sell them or donate them to the museum. If you are just a collector type, you can also place these bugs in your house or just free them. The choice is yours.

Like fishes and other sea creatures, each bug has a specific habitat and time window in which you can catch it. Having information about the time duration and the habitat can save you a lot of time.

For more help on Animal Crossing: New Leaf, read our Sea Creatures and Fish Guide.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Bug Net Upgrades

You have also got the option to upgrade your bug net which will make things easier for you. There two primary upgrades available:

  • Silver – Capture range of the net is increased. You can buy it from museum’s second floor by donating atleast 30 bugs.
  • Gold – Capture range of the net is increased further. To have this upgrade, you need to talk to the host of Bug Catching tournament after you have collected every bug in the game.

Animal Cross: New Leaf Bugs Location, Price and Duration

Common Butterfly (360)
You can find it roaming around the flower in the month of April (8:00–17:00)

Yellow Butterfly (360)
Since it’s a butterfly, look for it around flowers in the month of April (8:00–17:00).

Tiger Butterfly (640)
The tiger butterfly shares the same timing as above mentioned creatures but you can find it in the months of May and June. You can find them around purple or pink flowers.

Peacock Butterfly (880)
You should look for them around blue, purple, and black flowers (8:00–17:00).

Monarch Butterfly (560)
You can find them in the month of October around different flowers.

Emperor Butterfly (10000)
This bug can be found in the month of July or August (4:00–8:00) around different flowers.

Agrias Butterfly (12000)
You can find it throughout the year around different flowers.

Raja Brooke (10000)
In months July-September, it can be found in the air above the fresh water sources (16:00–17:00)

Birdwing (16000)
Chances to find this bug are quite slim but you can keep on trying throughout the year around different flowers.

Moth (240)
The humble moths can be found around the tree lamps and lit up windows in June or August (23:00–4:00)

Oak Silk Moth (4800)
You need to look for them on the trees in the month of June (23:00–4:00).

Honey Bee (400)
They can be found around flowers in the month of April (8:00-15:16:00).

Simple Bee (10000)
You can find this bug hidden in the trees along with the bee hives. You need to grab and shake to capture them.

Long Locust (800)
You can find the locusts in the green grassy areas in the month of September or October (8:00-16:00)

Migratory Locust (2400)
It shares the same habitat and time as other locusts.

Rice Grasshoper (1600)
You can find it in the month of October in the grassy regions (October 8:00-16:00).

Mantis (1720)
Mantis can be found around flowers in September or November (October 8:00-16:00).

Orchid Mantis (9600)
Look for them around on white flowers in the month of November (October 8:00-16:00).

Brown Cicada (800)
This bug can be found on trees in the month of July (October 8:00-16:00).

Robust Cicada (1200)
Look for it on trees in the month July (October 8:00-16:00).

Giant Cicada (2000)
Has the same habitat as that of other Cicadas. The only difference is that it will be found in August.

Walker Cicada (1600)
Same location as that of Giant Cicada.

Evening Cicada (2200)
In the month of July, look for these creatures on trees.

Cicada shell (400)
You can find it on trees throughout the year.

Lantern Fly (7200)
In months June-August, you can find these flies flying around trees (23:00-8:00)

Red Dragonfly (320)
They are everywhere except for the marine water (16:00-17:00).

Darner Dragonfly (1800)
Same location and timing as other dragon flies.

Banded Dragonfly (18000)
Same habitat as that of other dragonflies.

Petaltail Dragonfly (32000)
You can find it anywhere except for marine water (17:00-19:00).

Pondskater (520)
You can find it on the surface of lakes and ponds in the month of June (17:00-19:00)

Diving Beetle (3200)
These bugs can be found in rivers in the month of June (8:00-17:00)

Stink bug (480)
These creatures can be found on trees throughout the year.

Snail (1000)
During rainy days, you can find snails on bushes and shrubs in the month of June (4:00-8:00)

Cricket (520)
These bugs can be found in the grassy regions in the month of October (19:00-23:00)

Bell Cricket (1720)
You can find it crawling in the grassy regions in September (8:00-17:00).

Grasshoper (640)
You know where to find grasshopers, right? Look into the green grassy patches in September (8:00-17:00).

Mole Cricket (1120)
If you dig up dirt patches with a shovel, you will find these creatures there. They are abundant in the months of November-April throughout the day.

Walking Leaf (2400)
In the month of July, look for it on the trees (16:00-17:00). You can also find it in August and September.

Walkingstick (2400)
They can also be found on trees in the month of September and November (4:00-8:00).

Bagworm (1200)
Shake the trees to reveal hem. You can find them in the month of November (8:00-9:00).

Ladybug (800)
You can find this bug on the flowers in March/April (8:00-16:00).

Violin Beetle (1040)
These can be found on the tree stumps int he month of June (4:00-19:00).

Longhorn Beetle (1040)
Look for them on the tree stumps in July or throughout August (23:00-8:00).

Tiger Beetle (32000)
These bugs can be found in the grassy regions (8:00-19:00).

Dung Beetle (3,200)
They are lying right next to the snowballs in winter season (23:00-8:00).

Wharf Roach (800)
It can be found on the beach in June-September throughout the day.

Hermit Crab (4000)
It can only be found in tropical island (19:00-8:00).

Firefly (1200)
This bug can be found in the air above the fresh water (19:00-23:00).

Fruit Beetle (400)
They can be found on trees in the month of July (19:00-8:00).

Scarab Beetle (24000)
This bug can be found on trees (23:00-8:00).

Jewel Beetle (9600)
Look for this bug on on trees throughout the year (16:00-17:00).

Miayama Stag (4000)
Look for it on the trees in the month of August (4:00-8:00).

Saw Stag (8000)
In the month of August, look for it on trees (4:00-8:00).

Giant Stag (40000)
One of the most expensive bugs which can be found on trees (23:00-8:00).

Rainbow Stag (40000)
Like other stags, you can find it on trees (19:00-8:00) in the month of August.

Cyclommatus (32000)
These can be found on Palm trees in the month of August (4:00-8:00).

Golden Stag (48000)
Find it on the Palm trees in August (17:00-8:00).

Horned Dynastid (5400)
It can be found on trees throughout the year (23:00-8:00).

Horned Atlas (32000)
You need to look for it on the palm trees in the month of August (19:00:23:00).

Horned Elephant/Hercules (32000/58000)
Both of these can be found on the Palm trees in the month of August.

Goliath Beetle (24000)
In the month of July or August, you can find this bug on the palm trees (19:00-4:00).

Flea (280)
You can find it on the neighbors walking outside in June throughout August.

Pill Bug (1000)
This bug is hidden under rocks so you are going to need a shovel in the month of November through March whole day.

Mosquito (520)
They are roaming freely in air in the month of August (17:00-19:00).

Fly (240)
It can be found on rafflesia, around spoiled turnips and trash left on the ground.

House Centipede (1000)
You can find it hidden under rocks so you will need a shovel to smack the rock first. Search for it in the month of September (19:00-23:00).

Centipede (1200)
Shares the same habitat as that of House Centipede.

Spider (1200)
Find it on trees in the months of April and May (17:00-8:00).

Tarantula (32000)
You can find it walking on grass or dirt patches in the months July-September (19:00-4:00).

Scorpion (32000)
The scorpion shares the same duration and habitat as that of Tarantula.

By Ali Asif

Being the managing editor, Ali manages a lot of the editorial duties as well as publishing stories for you. A long-time gamer, his favorite game series is the Gears of War but when he's not gaming he likes to kick back with a few popular animes like Naruto.

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